Did Donald Trump try to back out of naming Mike Pence as his running mate after offering him the job?
I awoke to the news today that Donald Trump had made the decision to postpone his official running mate announcement due to the terrorist attack in France last night. I found this to be odd and I have to admit that my first reaction was that he still had not made up his mind and was using this attack as a convenient excuse to buy himself more time to make a decision. But if this is true than why not just come out and admit he had not finalized his decision?
With Mike Pence being a finalist as a possible running mate there was a deadline to be meet because Indiana law does not allow a person to run for two offices at the same time. Mike Pence had until today to decide to pull out of the governor’s race if he was going to run for Vice-President. It turns out my theory was wrong because Mike Pence was offered the nomination and he accepted it, therefor he had to inform Indiana officials he was not running for re-election as Governor.
And this is where the story gets interesting in my opinion. It now appears as if Donald Trump did not delay his official announcement because he had not made a final decision but rather because he was trying to back out of the offer he made to Mike Pence.
According to this story, late last night Donald Trump was asking his aides if there was any way he could get out of naming Mike Pence as his running mate, here is more:
“Around midnight last night … Donald Trump was on the phone with senior advisors trying to get out of this,” she said.
“This is after he offered the job to Mike Pence, and they flew him to New York, and they had him sitting in a hotel room in Manhattan thinking he is going to be the vice presidential pick and he just basically dumped his own plans for reelection in Indiana as governor,” Bash added.
“And so what this tells us is that this was so out of Donald Trump’s comfort zone. He does not operate like this.”
He operates with the gut, and by all accounts if you were following the gut, he would have gone with Chris Christie,” Bash said. “Everybody around him in the campaign apparatus had been making these moves to make it so Mike Pence would be his running mate.
“Flying him to New York. Making it and leaking it to the press that he was going to be making the call. Telling people in and around the Cleveland convention, especially where conservatives are gathered, ‘don’t worry, wink, wink, nod, nod, it is Mike Pence.’”
First of all, if Chris Christie was what his gut was telling him was right his gut was wrong. Chris Christie would have been a horrible choice, but let that go…
This story comes from CNN, a network which recently cut a live feed when a reporter was just about to get critical of Hillary Clinton, so take it for what you think it is worth. Personally I think it explains why Donald Trump delayed his official announcement. Donald Trump is not a conservative and he has faced opposition, rightfully so in my opinion, from conservatives so he had to make a VP choice which would endear himself to the #NeverTrump wing of the party and that is what he did.
There is no way Donald Trump could have dumped Mike Pence at this point without totally screwing him over and the repercussions of doing so prevented him from making the change, so earlier today the billionaire businessman made the announcement via Twitter that Mike Pence would be his running mate.
Donald Trump is now stuck with a running mate he apparently does not want or have faith in and it is going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
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